Keeping Tabs on Equine Infectious Anemia
With neither cure nor vaccine in existence, veterinarians and researchers must supervise the equine infectious anemia virus closely to avoid widespread disease.
Microorganisms have ruled the earth since the dawning of time. Despite our valiant disease-prevention efforts, miraculous discoveries (such as antibiotics and anti-inflammatory drugs), and medical advances (including treatment methods), these wily microscopic monsters continue to evolve as rapidly as we find tools to fight them. The equine infectious anemia virus (EIAV) is a prime example of this continual war between mammal and microbe.
“The equine infectious anemia virus is similar in many ways to the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), the cause of AIDS in people,” says Robert Mealey, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, associate professor of immunology and infectious diseases at Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine.
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